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Red Bank house fire leaves couple without home

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A house fire in red bank has left an elderly couple displaced until their home is livable again.

Firefighters were called to the home off Piedmont Circle a little before 3 a.m. Saturday morning.  

Thanks to a smoke alarm the two elderly people living in the home, along with their two dogs made it out safely.

"I'm usually a sound sleeper but I heard a popping noise," said Rose Pickett.

Pickett, who suffers from Parkinson's, said she went to investigate the noise that seemed to be coming from the bathroom.

However, she says didn't get too far.

"I took one step and was almost ready to take another one and didn't take it because the heating and exhaust fan fell," said Pickett. "And when it fell down a cloud of smoke and big flames kept shooting out of it."

She said at that point she knew it was time to get out.

"I just screamed and told my husband to call 911 and kept repeating it and walking around in circles," said Pickett.

The fire started in the attic, burning a hole in the roof, making the house unlivable.

"I didn't realize that you could get that overwhelmed in 2 minutes from fumes from a fire, it was terrible," said Pickett.

The Pickett's were able to salvage some pictures that suffered a little water damage, but aren't sure what else they will be able to take away from the fire.

She says they know it will take time to replace all that they lost.

"I can't tell you everything but right now the biggest loss is I need to go out and buy some new shoes," said Pickett.

Pickett says she won't give up hope.

"Even though all of this happened, I'm not going to give up on God. This is all for a reason and maybe it's to show me that I had more friends than I thought I did," said Pickett.

The family is still waiting to find out the exact cause of fire.

The couple has lived in the home for nearly 40 years.

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